Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Position ID:BroadInstitute-FELLOWS2018 [#11579]
Position Title: Schmidt Fellow
Position Location:Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Computational/Mathematics
Computational, Quantitative or Systems Biology
Biology / Computational biology
Appl Deadline:2018/10/06 (posted 2018/08/06, listed until 2018/10/06)
Position Description:    


The Schmidt Fellows program at the Broad Institute, funded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, empowers brilliant early-career scientists coming from the mathematical, computational or physical sciences to work at the intersection of biomedical and quantitative science.

Fellows are fearless scientists with the fierce drive and intellect needed to take on some of the most world-changing computational and experimental issues for the next decade. The application of quantitative and computational approaches has led to tremendous leaps in the understanding of the molecular machinery of living organisms, as well as an explosion in the availability of analytical tools. Advances in high throughput and platform technologies in biology present an unprecedented challenge in scale, management, and analysis of biological data, while advances in computing are enabling simulations of complex biological processes at multiple levels.

The Schmidt Fellows Program seeks early-career computational scientists who are eager to develop and apply systematic, unbiased and comprehensive methods and approaches to tackle these challenges.


Schmidt Fellows have the full support of the Broad Institute. They establish their own independent research programs prior to accepting faculty positions, receive Broad appointments, are eligible for full Broad benefits, and have PI status and full access to the Broad Institute’s technology platforms. The Schmidt Fellows Program provides laboratory space and covers the fellows' salaries and research expenses, as well as funding for small scientific teams that the fellows build. The fellows are mentored by carefully selected Broad Institute members, and are encouraged to leverage the Broad’s collaborative environment by working with faculty, trainees and staff at both the Broad and our partner institutions (MIT, Harvard, and the Harvard teaching hospitals).

Call for applicants

The Broad Institute is actively seeking new Schmidt Fellows with backgrounds in mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering, and related heavily quantitative disciplines. Candidates should have a serious interest in biology, but deep expertise in biology is not required. We are especially interested in recruiting fellows with broad scientific interests, a taste for collaboration, and a passion for transforming medicine to accelerate the understanding and treatment of disease – the principle at the heart of the Broad’s mission.

The Broad Institute is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in science. Applicants are invited to address at least one of these areas in their cover letter or in a separate statement, indicating how their experiences, interests, commitments, or future goals would support these institutional values.

We will accept applications between August 6 and October 6, 2018. A search committee will interview suitable candidates and select finalists. Candidates who are accepted may start their fellowship immediately.


Candidates should have a doctorate-level degree or anticipated completion date of January 2019 in the areas of computer science, mathematics, physics, engineering, chemistry, biology, or related scientific fields. Applicants currently in postdoctoral positions will be considered, but should not be more than three years past attaining their terminal degree.

A track record of scientific excellence and creativity along with a strong vision and compelling research direction are key factors for selection. In addition, a successful candidate will wish to deeply benefit from and contribute to the synergistic collaborative environment of the Broad and its partner institutions.

The Broad Institute is especially interested in receiving applications from historically underrepresented candidates, including women and underrepresented minorities.

Application format

A complete application should contain the applicant’s CV including a list of publications; a four-page description of past accomplishments and proposed research (excluding figures and references); PDF copies of up to three publications; and the names of three references.

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Further Info:
Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard
Room 11057
75 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

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